Irrational and Bizarre

Irrational and Bizarre

Examinations are part and parcel of the education process. These , among other things, test the knowledge levels gained by a given student and then based on the grades or marks attained , students move onto the next standard and level. By their very nature, examinations are stressful affairs defined by a certain level of tension that varies from student to student. This must be borne in mind and the process and event of examinations be made as smooth and as easy as possible for students. But, unfortunately, higher level exams like the NEET, are held outside Kashmir. The divisional administration of Kashmir has yet again failed to get the testing agency to set up adequate exam centres for Kashmiri students within the valley. Apart from the scorching heat wave prevailing outside the valley, and the unpredictable highway which is more often closed than open, many candidates whose examination centres have been designated in Jammu and elsewhere say that they cannot even afford to travel outside the valley in the first place. This seems to be callous as the logistical costs , travel and habitation issues are not considered by those responsible for these exams. This then adds a layer of stress to the extant tension and stress levels of students. It would not be farfetched to state that all this can impact negatively and mar the performance of students taking these exams. It would have been much practical and pragmatic to hold the exams in Kashmir for a plethora of reasons, the most obvious being taking exams in and under home conditions. These would, among other things not only ease logistical issues but also lessen the exam burden including alleviation of stress levels. The question is why are the exams held outside Kashmir? It would appear the reasons pertain to the fear that cheating might take place here. Or, the logistical issues for those conducting the exams might outweigh the costs. If these reasons hold, both are rather fatuous. If other things can be held in Kashmir, there is no reason why exams cant. And, above all, what should be borne in mind is not ease and comfort levels of the exam authorities but students. It is for students that exams are held and all efforts must be made to make it easy for students from Kashmir to take these exams instead of making them jump the hoops.